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Mar 31 09:10

Chinese City Offering Rewards for Reporting ‘Illegal Religious Activities,’ Raising Further Concerns for House Churches

Officials in the Chinese city of Guangzhou have announced that rewards are being offered for those who report “illegal religious activities,” a term that applies not only to terrorist activities, or those who “use religion to … undermine national unity,” but also those who “establish religious venues without authorization” or “conduct religious education and training without authorization.”

The announcement, entitled “Measures for the People in Guangzhou to Report Unlawful Religious Activities,” was posted online on March 20 by the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs.

It asks residents to report those who “[p]romote, support, or fund religious extremism, or use religion to endanger national security, public security, undermine national unity, split the country and terrorist activities, violate citizens’ personal rights, democratic rights, hinder social management order, and infringe public and private property.”

Mar 30 10:14

Xi Reportedly "Wary" Of Trump Summit As Beijing Refuses To Budge On Tariffs

About three hours ago, as US stocks were beginning a run back toward their highs of the session, a frequently used mouthpiece for the Communist Party dropped a hint that all was not well in the ongoing US-China trade talks, and that some disappointing (for equity bulls) news might be imminent.

Hu Xijin, the editor of the English language Global Times, affirmed that talks were making progress, but said that China kept its statement on this week's talks brief because it "doesn't want to raise the public's expectations."

Mar 30 08:25

China Takes on US Over Venezuela After Russia Sends Troops: It’s Not Your “Backyard”

China has defended Russia’s recent deployment of troops to Venezuela amid U.S. statements suggesting Moscow and Beijing had no right to support a Latin American government disavowed by Washington.

White House national security adviser John Bolton tweeted Monday that the U.S. “will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling” within the Western Hemisphere. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Washington “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela,” according to State Department.

Asked about these developments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a press briefing Tuesday that “countries in the Western Hemisphere, including Latin American countries, are all sovereign states,”so “they have the right to determine their own foreign policy and their way to engage in mutually beneficial cooperation with countries of their own choosing.”

Mar 29 10:56

China Testing Long-Range Cruise Missile Fired From Concealed Ship Container

Could the next great Chinese advanced missile threat come disguised as an innocuous looking shipping transport vessel? A new report in The Washington Free Beacon suggests so, as it details China's new long-range cruise missile which can be launched directly from a shipping container device, which is meant to conceal detection of the threat right up until the moment of launch.

Alarmingly, it's already being flight tested, according to analysts cited in the report, which further finds the technology "could turn Beijing's large fleet of freighters into potential warships and commercial ports into future missile bases." If cruise missiles can be hidden in international shipping containers, China could be a major threat to western targets simply as it moves millions of tons of goods every year.

Mar 29 10:51

How Can Prospect of Taiwanese F-16 Procurement Affect US Trade Talks With China?

Although there has so far been no official information about the intention of the US to fulfil a request from the Taiwanese Defence Ministry for the sale of 60 upgraded F-16V fighter jets, Beijing has already protested against the possible military supplies. Sputnik has asked a military analyst and a researcher to comment on the situation.

Following a request from Taiwan for the US to sell an improved version of the F-16 jet, media reported that Donald Trump's advisors have been pushing for the request to be approved.

Mar 29 09:30

The EU bows to ‘systemic rival’ China

Let’s start with the essential background for the meeting in Paris on Tuesday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and three EU heavyweights – French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker.

As imperfect as these figures may be, economic growth for the past 10 years after the 2008 financial crisis – which was a made in the West phenomenon – do tell an enlightening story.

China’s growth: 139%. India’s growth: 96%. the US’ growth: 34%. EU growth: a negative 2%.

Mar 29 08:14

As South China Sea Showdown Heats Up, US Marines Revisit Island-Hopping Strategy

With relations between China and Western powers in the South China Sea showing little sign of cooling down, the US Marine Corps has decided to refresh its island-hopping skills, practicing storming an island in Japan last week and on the California coast this week.

Several USMC units "attacked" the island of Iejima last week, establishing a beachhead, seizing the island's airfield and shuttling in heavier assets to strike more enemy positions. Iejima is one of the Ryukyu Islands and sits just a few kilometers off the coast of Okinawa. The small island houses a US Marine Corps auxiliary facility.

Mar 29 08:13

Two US B-52 Bombers Train with Japan Air Forces Over East China Sea

Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers with the US Air Force recently flew over the East China Sea for an "integration training" mission with the US Navy and the Japan Air Self Defense Force (Koku Jieitai).

A statement released by the US Pacific Air Force (PACAF) last week indicates that the two B-52 bombers departed from the US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and that they trained with F-15C Eagles assigned to the Kadena Air Base in Japan. The mission took place March 20. Additional details regarding the operation were not provided by the service.

Training missions and patrols of the contested waters are not unheard of, having become a regular exercise by American forces. The US' use of bombers in the region has been going on for more than 10 years as part of its Continuous Bomber Presence, a mission Washington says is "in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific."

Mar 29 08:05

EU States Embracing China's Silk Road, Nord Stream 2, Defying US – Journo

European states are seeking independence from both Washington and Brussels, Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist has told Sputnik, commenting on Italy's decision to join China's Belt and Road initiative, amid Berlin’s spat with Washington over the Nord Stream 2 project.

"With its decision to join China's One Belt and One Road (OBOR) project, Italy aims at making up several years of lost economic opportunities", says Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist and economic observer.

On 23 March, China and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding in support of Beijing's New Silk Road initiative that aims to link Asia to Africa and Europe.

Mar 29 08:01

‘Just jealous’: Italy responds to criticism for joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Europe and the US should take care of their own debts to China before advising Italy about the risks of joining Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative,’ said Michele Geraci, undersecretary of state at the Italian Economy Ministry.

Italy has become the first G7 nation to join China’s ambitious plan to revolutionize global trade, making other eurozone majors “jealous” of the move, according to Geraci.

Mar 28 07:48

“The Africa Spring”: The US Is Stoking Congo’s “Deep State” Civil War in Order to “Contain” China

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, henceforth known as the Congo) just underwent its first-ever “democratic” transfer of power in its nearly 60 year history after a controversial election that many observers believe was rigged so that outgoing President Joseph Kabila could retain power as the mineral-rich country’s “grey cardinal” through a newly installed proxy. As the narrative goes, popular anti-systemic opposition candidate Martin Fayulu was denied the presidency in order for supposedly distant second-place contender and scion of a famous opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi to take power instead as part of a speculated behind-the-scenes deal with the “Establishment”, though this arrangement might be on the verge of unraveling as a result of American interference.

Mar 27 09:24

Forbes magazine tackles China organ harvesting

Mar 27 07:04

Merkel Speaks Out Against Banning China's Huawei Amid US Threats

Over recent months, the US has tried to steer Germany away from letting the Chinese tech giant participate in building the country’s next-generation 5G network infrastructure, citing security threats, and even threatened to downgrade intelligence sharing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed excluding the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the development of the country’s 5G mobile network, or any other company just because it is from a certain country while speaking at an annual Global Solutions Summit in Berlin. Besides this, she also spoke against public discussions of sensitive issues in what could be seen as a rebuke to Washington’s recent warning to cut sharing intelligence info if Berlin allows the Chinese company Huawei to develop its 5G network.

Mar 27 07:03

US Seeks Open Access to Tibet From China - State Department

The United States is pursuing free and open access to Tibetan areas after a US government report concluded that China systematically restricts Americans from accessing the region, US Department of States deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

"Yesterday, the State Department submitted its first annual report to the Congress regarding United States access to Tibet," Palladino said. "The report concludes that the Chinese government ‘systematically impedes travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region and Tibetan areas outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region for US officials, journalists and tourists.What we seek here is reciprocity; reciprocity from China regarding open access that China enjoys in the United States."

Mar 27 03:52

China Can’t Get Enough Of This Discounted Oil

Mar 26 09:16

Germany wants Europe to join China's new Silk Road after criticizing Italy for doing the same

The Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative is an important project, which European states would be glad to join, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stressed that cooperation should be based on reciprocity from Beijing.
“We, as Europeans, want to play an active part and that must lead to certain reciprocity and we are still wrangling over that a bit,” Merkel said, as quoted by Reuters.

The comment comes shortly after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is currently paying a state visit to France.

Mar 26 07:52

China's Xi and Italy's Conte sign New Silk Road agreement

Mar 26 07:39

China destroys 30,000 world maps for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh, Taiwan as part of its territory

Customs officials in China have destroyed 30,000 world maps printed in the country for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of its territory, according to a media report.
China claims the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.

Mar 25 19:56

America's Fentanyl Problem: China Can Turn Off The Tap... If It Wants

In 2017, Islamic insurgents in Niger ambushed and killed a four-man US Special Forces team. It was front-page news and considered a catastrophe.

That same year, over 28,000 Americans died of overdoses involving the synthetic drug, fentanyl. Yet, it seemed less of an attention-getter in Washington – and still does – even as the death toll mounts.

The fentanyl mostly comes from the People’s Republic of China – although the media usually downplays or ignores this point – seemingly afraid to mention the ‘C’ word.

Mar 25 11:41

Russia, China hope for immediate success of US talks with Taliban — diplomat

Russia and China support US talks with the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) and show interest in immediate success of this dialogue, Russia’s Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said after trilateral consultations on Afghanistan in Washington with the US and Chinese envoys.

"Both we and the Chinese are certainly interested in immediate success of the US talks with the Taliban movement, five rounds of which were held in Doha. That’s why this is a key moment for further progress towards a stable peace in Afghanistan," the Russian diplomat said.

Mar 25 11:33

China-Africa Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Africa Sees the Way Forward

Since the initiative was proposed, China-Africa cooperation has seen all-round progress and presented new features. In March 2013, when visiting three African countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to build a China-Africa community with a shared future and summarized new concepts of future cooperation between the two sides as “sincerity, real results, amity and good faith”.

At the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Xi stressed again that China and Africa need to develop a community of shared future by sharing responsibilities and gains, achieving win-win cooperation and common cultural prosperity as well as improving security and harmonious coexistence. The proposal has gained wide wide support from African leaders.

Mar 25 11:12

US Ships Again Provoke Beijing By Sailing Through Strait Of Taiwan

Beijing is already threatening retaliation over Washington's expected sale of dozens of F-16s and tanks to Taiwan. But as if ties between the world's two largest economies hadn't already been sufficiently strained, the Navy and Coast Guard again provoked the Chinese leadership on Sunday when they sailed two ships - identified as the Navy destroyer Curtis Wilbur and the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf - through the Strait of Taiwan.

According to Reuters, the gesture, which is part of a redoubled US effort to flex its muscles near Chinese waters, should be interpreted - like other 'freedom of navigation' operations before it - as a sign of support for Taiwan, which is struggling with an increasingly threatening Beijing. The Chinese military has been holding more military drills and missions around the island, as President Xi has made bringing the wayward province back under Beijing's thumb a top priority for his rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) In his one-man show by American comedian, Ron White, there is a phrase which I have felt was in order, looking at the deeds of the US military, currently.

At the same moment, while delicate negotiations about China's and the US's trade policy with one another continue, the only thing I can say here, is "You can't fix stupid".

Actually, stupid and reckless, would be a better characterization of these acts, done right at the moment when US/China trade relations are already very strained.

I could probably conjure up some other stupid and reckless scenarios, but the timing, on the part of the US government and military, could not possibly have been worse.

There are two schools of thought in Washington about China; the first is, destroy it militarily, while we still can the US government plans to nuke Russia and China, or cage the rage, and figure out how to treat them as allies.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I far prefer the second course of action.

But there is absolutely no middle road, between confrontation, and peaceful trade; I hope (and pray) that those in the Bowels of Power in DC, understand that, regarding how we treat China.

Mar 24 09:46

Chips, Electronics Components Exports From Israel to China Nearly Doubled in 2018

In 2018, export of electronic components from Israel to China increased by 80%, according to new data published earlier this month by Israeli government agency the Israeli Export Institute. The report shows that $2.6 billion worth of electronic components were shipped from Israel to China over the past year, most manufactured by only a few companies, among them chipmaker Intel. According to the report, Intel exports most of its Israel-manufactured components to China, where it has several testing and assembly facilities.

Mar 24 09:16

Italy Defies West As It Officially Joins China's "Neocolonial Project"

With Brussels and Washington helplessly looking on, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister signed a historic memorandum of understanding Saturday morning in Rome that made Italy the first founding EU member, and the first G-7 nation, to officially sign on to Beijing's "One Belt, One Road" economic development initiative - one of President Xi Jinping's signature ventures which many have called China's shadow project to re-colonize the world's poorer nations.

Along with the MoU, the two leaders signed development deals covering everything from port management, to science and technology, to e-commerce to soccer that were reportedly worth up to $20 billion.

Though OBOR (or BRI) has promised to strengthen trade links between the West and East, it has been derided in Washington and Europe as "debt trap diplomacy" and a neocolonial project by Vice President Mike Pence, and others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What else could they do, bomb Italy to the ground for having defied the US and Brussels?!?

I think that the government of Italy has read the economic tealeaves reasonably correctly, and see this as a far better deal than the one they are getting from the EU

Mar 23 08:47

Italy Officially Becomes First G7 Country to Join China's Belt and Road Project

The signing of the agreement comes during Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Italy in an attempt to improve relations with Rome as China is currently engaged in a trade war with Washington.

Italy approved on Saturday China's Belt and Road (BRI) industrial initiative — this move makes the European country the first member of the Group of Seven (G7) powerful economies to join the Chinese project.

Mar 22 10:54

We Are Going To Lose The Coming War With China

Mar 22 10:30

Pompeo warns US could curb security ties with Israel over China relations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stark warning to Israel on Thursday that the close security ties between the two nations could be reduced over Israel’s growing cooperation with China.

Pompeo’s warnings came on the same day that the US made an unprecedented show of support for Israel, effectively recognizing its hold on the Golan Heights and having the top US diplomat make a symbolic visit to the Western Wall accompanied by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mar 22 09:10

Marines Seize Pacific Island As Training For War With China

The 31st U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) seized a tiny island and airfield with special operations airmen and soldiers as part of a new island-hopping strategy.

Last week, 31st MEU, backed by the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, members of the Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group, and Army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, conducted a series of simulated military exercises attacking and seizing Ie Shima Island located off the northwest coast of Okinawa Island in the East China Sea, reported Task Purpose.

The new military strategy, known as Expeditionary Advanced Base (EAB) Operations, will allow Marine units to seize, establish, and operate multiple small bases across the Pacific Ocean, a tactic that will be beneficial in a high-end fight with China.

Mar 22 07:55

"Horrifying" Blast At China Chemical Plant Kills 47, Injures 640

Executives of a chemical plant in China’s Jiangsu province have been taken into police custody after an explosion on Thursday killed at least 47 people, injured 640 others and polluted areas several kilometers away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese know how to deal with corporate malfeasance.

Mar 21 09:52

Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Guo Ping: The US attacks on Huawei betray its fear of being left behind

As a top Huawei executive, I’m often asked why the US has launched a full-scale assault on us. The Americans have charged us with stealing technology and violating trade sanctions and largely blocked us from doing business there. Mike Pence, US vice-president, recently told Nato of “the threat posed by Huawei,” and Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, warned allies that using our telecommunications equipment would make it harder for the US to “partner alongside them.”

On Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s largest trade show, a US delegation including Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission chair, repeated the call to keep Huawei out of global 5G networks.

Washington has cast aspersions on Huawei for years. A 2012 report by the House Intelligence Committee labelled us a threat. But, until recently, these attacks were relatively muted. Now that the US has brought out the heavy artillery and portrayed Huawei as a threat to Western civilization, we must ask why.

Mar 21 09:24

China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times: state media

Scientists in southwest China's Yunnan province have cloned what they called the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs" in a program they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs, state media reported on Wednesday.

The dog, named Kunxun, was cloned from a police sniffer dog by the Beijing-based Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agricultural University, with support from the Ministry of Public Security, the state-owned tabloid Global Times reported.

Sinogene is hoping to make it possible to achieve "volume production" of cloned police dogs in order to significantly reduce training times, the company's deputy general manager Zhao Jianping told the Global Times, but he added that cloning costs remain a major obstacle.

Mar 21 08:54

Trump Says Tariffs Will Stay Until China Complies With Deal

President Donald Trump said he’ll keep tariffs on China until he’s sure Beijing is complying with any trade deal, refuting expectations that the two nations will agree to roll back duties as part of a lasting truce to their trade war.

“We’re not talking about removing them, we’re talking about leaving them for a substantial period of time, because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China that China lives by the deal,” Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday before leaving for Ohio. “They’ve had a lot of problems living by certain deals.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Trump is again playing the "You give us what we want and then afterwards, maybe, we will do something nice for you" with China ... the exact same approach that wrecked the talks with North Korea.

Mar 21 08:17

China’s New Silk Road To Extend To Russia's Crimea

Russian state sources and officials have confirmed closer cooperation between Beijing and the Crimean peninsula on major Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, citing Chinese diplomats, which represents a continued significant shift in Moscow's priorities which have historically pit Russia in economic competition with China. Any future BRI projects involving Crimea would further solidify and fully integrate the peninsula into Russia's hold after its annexation from Ukraine following the 2014 referendum.

During a ceremony at the Russian Embassy in Beijing on Monday, the head of the association of Chinese compatriots on the peninsula, Ge Zhili, made the following formal statements: “Our organization is bolstering cooperation ties, exchanges and friendly contacts with the Crimean society.” Not incidentally the event marked the "fifth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia."

Mar 21 08:13

China deploys troops in Sindh, just 90 km away from Indo-Pak border

The report noted that China has deployed the troops of People Liberation Army (PLA) for the security of coal mines in Sindh's Thar region. Located in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, Thar region is only 90 kilometers away from Indo-Pak border. Several Chinese projects are going on in Sindh and most of these projects are facing stiff resistance from local people. It seems that China has decided to deploy its troops for securing the CPEC fearing such protests.

Mar 21 08:12

Italy Ready to Sign Trade Deal With China; Trump, Merkel Blindsided

Next week’s visit to Italy by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping has nearly everyone jittery. The recent announcement by Five Star Movement Leader Luigi Di Maio that his country is prepared to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with China to be a part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative has set off a firestorm of response from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel to Di Maio’s own coalition partner, Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

But, don’t let the wrapper fool you on this. Di Maio’s announcement I don’t think it ‘blindsided’ Salvini as this Reuters article suggests, as much as Merkel and Trump.

Mar 21 08:10

Italy’s Plan to Join BRI Aims to Build Multiple Asia-Europe Gateways

Italy is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on cooperation within the framework of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The move will have profound impact and be of great significance to both countries.

Mar 21 07:45

Escalation of US-China bilateral tariffs to shave off $1 trillion from America’s GDP

A study by the US Chamber of Commerce shows how the deterioration in the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies, China and the United States, will drastically affect the American economy.

“Escalation of bilateral tariffs results in lower GDP, lower employment, lower investment, and lower trade flows for the United States,” said the study, which was conducted jointly by the commerce chamber and research firm Rhodium Group.

It found that tariff measures would cost the US GDP from $45 billion to $60 billion in the first year following the imposition. The figure will grow to $89 - $125 billion annually, five years later.

The US economy stands to lose $1 trillion of its baseline potential within ten years of tariff implementation, the report concluded.

Mar 20 11:36

Former India Envoy To Pakistan: Massive Navy Operation A Warning To Beijing

Former Indian government officials and military analysts have told Russian media sources that India's large scale naval deployment, including nuclear submarines and an aircraft carrier, was fundamentally aimed at sending a message to China, not necessarily Pakistan.

Mar 20 10:01

Minister Describes Iran as China's Strategic Partner in Mideast

China's Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan underlined that Iran is the strategic partner of his country in the region, saying that Beijing is interested in the further development of economic and trade ties with Tehran.

"Iran is China's strategic partner in the Middle-East and China is the biggest trade partner and importer of oil from Iran," Zhong said, addressing the 17th joint commission of economic cooperation between Iran and China in Beijing on Tuesday.

He underscored China's preparedness to use the mechanism of the joint commission to strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations.

Zhong expressed the hope that strategic relations between the two countries would further expand after holding the joint economic commission meeting in Beijing.

Mar 20 09:40

China the Target of Pentagon's Massive Military Budget

Mar 20 08:19

Chinese company signs initial agreement to build monorail in Iraq's Najaf

The investment commission of Najaf governorate signed on Tuesday an initial agreement with a Chinese company to build a monorail for the city.

An official statement said that the head of the commission Dhergam Keko signed the agreement with a Hong Kong-based company to build a monorail.

Last week, the company inked a memorandum of understanding with the investment commission of Najaf city after explaining the project details and the Chinese company's potentials and capabilities.

"The project will provide an accessible and fast transportation way to the people of the city as well as all tourists," Keko said.

Mar 20 07:30

Merkel Speaks Out Against Banning China's Huawei Amid US Threats

Over recent months, the US has tried to steer Germany away from letting the Chinese tech giant participate in building the country’s next-generation 5G network infrastructure, citing security threats, and even threatened to downgrade intelligence sharing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed excluding the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the development of the country’s 5G mobile network, or any other company just because it is from a certain country while speaking at an annual Global Solutions Summit in Berlin. Besides this, she also spoke against public discussions of sensitive issues in what could be seen as a rebuke to Washington’s recent warning to cut sharing intelligence info if Berlin allows the Chinese company Huawei to develop its 5G network.

“There are two things I don’t believe in. First, to discuss these very sensitive security questions publicly, and second, to exclude a company simply because it’s from a certain country”, she said, as cited by Bloomberg.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 10:25

US, China Clash Over 'Belt And Road' In Afghan Resolution

The United States and China unleashed a war of words Friday (Mar 15) over Beijing’s $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) after the United Nation Security Council adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the council's political mission in Afghanistan for another six months, reported The Washington Post.

The 2018 resolution extended the council's mission for a year aimed at strengthening regional economic cooperation involving Afghanistan, including the BRI to connect China to Europe, and Africa. The 2016 and 2017 resolutions had similar BRI language.

Council diplomats said China wanted to embed BRI language into the 2019 resolution, but the U.S. strongly objected.

Mar 18 09:01

The Army Is Rebuilding its Ammunition Stores for the Next Fight

The head of Army Materiel Command said recently that he is putting a high priority on munitions readiness to make sure Army units are prepared for the next war.

"This means having the right munitions – small-caliber to precision munitions – where we need them at the right time and the right place," Gen. Gus Perna told an audience at a March 14 Association of the United States Army event. "That means we must first ensure that the capability we have here in [the U.S.] can receive, store and issue munitions in a timely, effective manner."

Perna's comments come at a time when the Army continues to replenish its ammunition stocks as it prepares to face an equally formidable foe such as Russia or China on the battlefield.

Mar 18 08:12

Macron’s concern over China’s presence in Africa is about keeping riches in the West

When I see Western leaders smiling, shaking hands and offering sage and heartfelt advice on tours of Africa, I just can’t help settling in for the show because you know some top level hypocrisy is just around the corner.

By far, my favorite part of politics is watching its highest level practitioners ignore whatever inconvenient facts from the past are getting in the way of the blatant self-interest of the present. The French leader visiting Africa? Well you know this is going to be a good one.

Africa is full of elephants, and many of them are political, sitting in the corners of rooms and trumpeting away merrily at the likes of Emmanuel Macron. His ability to ignore the weight of history has proved commendable.

Mar 17 08:53

Quit Worrying and Learn To Love Trade With China

Get ready for the Great Trump-Xi Depression. The White House is pursuing two stupid policies, trying to reduce the United States' "balance of payments" with China and trying to protect "intellectual property" from China's thievery. These policies are leading to a crash in the Chinese economy, which has been grossly ill-managed under President Xi Jinping. International knock-on effects were already apparent last autumn, even as the trade deficit ballooned and Americans benefited from Chinese theft.

Mar 16 09:12

Ex-U.S. intelligence officer pleads guilty to attempted espionage for China

A former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty to attempted espionage for China, the Justice Department said on Friday.

The officer, Ron Rockwell Hansen, was accused of trying to transmit classified U.S. national defence information to China and receiving “hundreds of thousands of dollars” while illegally acting as an agent for the Chinese government.

Hansen started working at the DIA, which specializes in military intelligence, in 2006 after his retirement from the U.S. Army, and held a top-secret security clearance for many years, according to the Justice Department.

Mar 16 08:44

Washington Accuses Huawei of Activities US Was Busted for by Snowden

The Trump administration has made it clear to Berlin that if it did not bar Huawei Technologies Co. from building Germany's 5G next-generation mobile networks, Washington would limit the country's access to US intelligence. Speaking to Sputnik, Patrick Berger, a spokesman for Huawei's German branch, commented on the US' campaign against the firm.

On 11 March, The Wall Street Journal reported that US Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell had written a letter to German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, warning him about the potential negative consequences of using Huawei equipment.

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded that Berlin would observe its own security standards.

"Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves," the chancellor emphasised.

Mar 15 13:49

Top U.S. General Criticizes Google For Working With China And Not With The U.S.

By Aaron Kesel

The Chinese military was indirectly benefiting from the work Alphabet Inc’s Google was doing in China with Project Dragonfly, according to top U.S. General Joseph Dunford...

Mar 15 09:58

Google is working with the enemy: Top US general says the tech giant is 'indirectly' helping the Chinese military at the expense of America's armed forces because its partner firms in the communist nation share - but Google WONT work with the Pentagon

The United States' top general has claimed that Google's work in China is 'indirectly benefiting the Chinese military'.

Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hit out at the search engine giant as he spoke during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday.

'We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing that there is that indirect benefit,' he said.

'Frankly, "indirect" may be not a full characterization of the way it really is, it is more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military.'

Mar 15 09:55

Gary Cohn: Tariffs Have Failed, Trump Should Ease Up on China for a Win

Former White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn said President Donald Trump is losing the trade war and urged him to cut an easier deal with China to score “a big win.”

Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs who served as President Donald Trump’s first director of the National Economic Council, also attacked Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in an interview with Steven Dubner for the “Freakonomics” radio show broadcast Wednesday.

Cohn argued that while he supports President Trump’s stance against China’s theft of intellectual property, forced technology transfers, and closed market, the administration’s strategy of using tariffs was not effective.

Mar 15 09:54

U.S. State Department Compares China’s Human Rights Abuses to Stalin and Hitler

The U.S. State Department published its annual report on global human rights abuses on Wednesday, spotlighting China’s mass detention of Uighur Muslims in the rollout. The head of the State Department human rights bureau compared China’s actions to the horrors of Stalin’s Russia and Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Furious Chinese officials responded by accusing the United States of “prejudice” and a “Cold War mentality.”

Mar 15 09:52

US Mulling Sanctions on China Over Alleged Imprisonment of Muslims - State Dept

The United States is considering targeted sanctions over human rights violations against Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said during a press briefing on Thursday.

"We will continue to call on China to end these policies and to free these people who have been arbitrarily detained […] We are committed to promoting accountability for those who are committing these violations and we are considering targeted sanctions as well, targeted measures as well", Palladino told reporters.

Mar 15 08:14

China Slams U.S For ‘Ideological Prejudice’ – Tells Washington To ‘Check Yourself’

China has reacted strongly to ongoing media and diplomatic attacks by the United States, attributing to the authorities of the PRC massive human rights violations on its territory. Beijing advised Washington to ‘check yourself’ for its own “shortcomings” in matters of freedom of the media, racism, accusing the American side of “ideological prejudices,” according to the Chinese foreign ministry website, reported today March 14th.

Mar 15 08:13

U.S. Sends Bombers, Ship to China's Oil-Rich Sea

The U.S. military has sent a nuclear-capable mainstay of its aerial might over the disputed South China Sea, where China has laid claim to trillions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves.

A Pacific Air Force spokesperson said Thursday in a statement sent to reporters that "Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and conducted routine training in the vicinity of the South China Sea on March 13 [Hawaii Standard Time], before returning to base," as cited by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. The statement maintained that "U.S. aircraft regularly operate in the South China Sea in support of allies, partners, and a free and open Indo-Pacific."

Mar 15 08:06

The Parasite China getting US tech from Israel

Related Film Decades of Deception

Mar 14 11:14

China’s new glamour girl of the skies

Sleek, with a cute nose, the profile of China’s new glamour girl of the skies was plastered all over state-run TV before her maiden flight at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport in 2017.

Gliding into the air, the COMAC C919 was captured in all her glory as the commercial face for not only Beijing’s high-tech ambitions but also its status as a new aircraft manufacturing power.

Fast forward two years and the first narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner developed by China’s aerospace industry to rival Boeing’s 737 Max 8 and the Airbus 320 is still undergoing trials before entering service in 2021.

Mar 14 10:00

San Diego Has Been Turned Into A Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network

By MassPrivateI

Can you imagine a city in the United States secretly creating a Chinese-style public surveillance network that can identify everyone? Can you imagine that same city secretly creating a Chinese-style public watchlisting network?...

Mar 14 08:27

‘Blatant extortion’: German ex-chancellor lashes out at US threat to withhold intel over China

Washington’s threat to downgrade its intelligence-sharing with Berlin if Germany buys Chinese 5G equipment is an example of why Berlin should seek more independence in its policies, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said.

The US Ambassador to Germany reportedly threatened the hosting country this week with a number of consequences for dealing with China, including withholding US intelligence information. The move was criticized by Schroeder, who is a long-time critic of Washington’s habit of using political leverage on Germany.

Mar 14 08:25

The Coming War On China

Thom talks with author and filmmaker John Pilger about his new documentary “The Coming War On China” and the military escalation that could lead World War III.

Mar 13 11:11

Tracking China's Naval Power

It is pretty evident that Chinese naval power is growing by leaps and bounds, with a lot of qualitative literature about it:

Chinese military procurement ($70 billion) now half the rate of American ($155 billion). Adjust for purchasing power parity, and it should be virtually equal.

If China is ahead deploying Railguns, electromag catapults and hypersonic weapons

Missiles and planes make China’s South China Sea Island bases an effective update of the Maginot Line

Chinese naval expansion hits high gear

There have been fewer articles looking at the quantitative side of things, though NextBigFuture does point out that PLAN is slated to overtake USN in warship numbers by 2030.

Mar 13 10:50

Lack of Options Forces US to Take ‘Nuclear' Path Against Germany Over Huawei

The Trump administration's threats to withhold intelligence from Germany are rooted in the fact that Washington has no other means to bend Berlin to its will, Jude Woodward, author of "The US vs China: Asia's New Cold War?" tells Sputnik.

"The problem is that the US hasn't got any other threats left," Woodward told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday. "In the past, the trading relationship and the strength of the US economy and the size of the US market meant that the US had huge clout and it didn't really have to make threats."

"If [the US] made it clear it wanted something, its key allies would just go with it. Now the problem is that… the US is forced to go to the nuclear option because it doesn't have any options in between anymore," she added.

Mar 13 10:45

We’re edging closer to nuclear war

Like more than a few neighbors, India and Pakistan have a property dispute. Theirs is over Jammu and Kashmir, a former princely state nestled against the Himalayas. India is in control and Pakistan sponsors militant raids under a fig leaf of deniability. Conflicts like these exist around the world. They are a natural consequence of geography and politics. If contending parties arm themselves with nuclear weapons, these regional quarrels will suddenly have apocalyptic potential.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States government is absolutely NOT "the adult in the room" when it walks away from former arms treaties it has signed; in fact, such "walking away" may be construed by other governments, as meaning that there is a rift, and a deep internal conflict and fracture in US governmental policy here in the US, and that may well be the case.

I am a Christian pacifist activist (a Methodist), who wants to see a world ready to walk away from war (ANY war) and work together to solve the hard problems together; and to me, ALL Fundamentalists, even if they be Christian, can be very dangerous to the health of the nations they control, and the health of peace itself.

And in a very clear, sang-froid look at war in general, as Karl Marx once observed, all wars are economic in their origin.

And yes, these wars can be sugar-coated with nationalism, exceptionalism, religion, and the ultimate canard, "defending one's way of life"; but at the end of the day, it's all about the money.

And the unfortunate thing is, the monied, for whose sake these wars are fought, never, themselves, see battle.

Think about that for a moment, please.

Why are we still in Iraq?!? The oil fields, who controls them, and in what currency in which that oil is sold.

Why are we still in Syria?!? The gas and gold, of course, and to insure that these are only for sale with the American dollar.

Why are we still in Afghanistan?!? For the rare earth minerals, oil pipelines, and the opium, and making sure that they are only for sale for AMerican dollars.

Why are we still in Libya?!? The oil, and making sure it is sold in American dollars!

Why are we in Africa?!? To expropriate as much of their natural resources as possible, and make sure that they are only sold in American dollars!!

Folks, is it my fevered imagination, or do you see a pattern here?!?

The process unfolds again and again; demonize; regime change; have US-centric companies manage and extract the resources, and only sell them for American dollars.

Venezuela may be high in the "countries the US government want to regime change" list; but were I a betting woman, I would bet on some kind of scenario involving Syria, Iran, Israel, and Russia, is going to be happening and very soon.

Please remember: The US, Russia and Israel, are all nuclear armed countries.

Mar 13 10:08

The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Agribusiness Going Global

One of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies, Beijing-based JD.com, says it will soon be able to deliver fruit from anywhere in the world to the doorsteps of Chinese consumers within 48 hours. It takes highly integrated global infrastructure—connecting farms to warehouses to transportation to consumers—to achieve a goal like this. China’s new mega-infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will help make JD.com’s vision a reality. It will also increase the concentration of global food production and distribution, potentially pushing small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, forest peoples and rural communities further to the margins. There are also serious concerns that BRI could worsen land grabs, human rights abuses, indebtedness, and environmental and health impacts in target countries.

Mar 13 08:57

China offers help to Venezuela to restore power amid nationwide blackout

China says it is ready to help Venezuela to restore its power grid. The South American country suffered a five-day blackout, with Caracas accusing Washington of cyber “sabotage.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing had noted reports that the power grid had gone down due to a hacking attack.

“China is deeply concerned about this,” Lu said, adding that Beijing “hopes that the Venezuelan side can discover the reason for this issue as soon as possible and resume normal power supply and social order.

Mar 13 08:05

US advises Italy to steer clear of China’s new Silk Road… because it’s a National Security issue?

A US National Security Council official has warned Italy against participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to unite European and Asian markets, claiming it adds ‘legitimacy’ to Beijing’s infrastructure project.

“Italy is a major global economy and great investment destination,” Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the White House’s national security team, stated on Twitter, after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he would welcome Italy's participation in the BRI.

No need for Italian government to lend legitimacy to China’s infrastructure vanity project.

“With all the necessary precautions, Italy’s accession to a new silk route represents an opportunity for our country,” Conte said Friday, noting that participation in China’s trade master plan would be up for discussion when President Xi Jinping visits Italy on March 22. Conte also announced his plans to attend a BRI summit in China in April.

Mar 12 10:29

MARCO POLO IS BACK AS ROME RIDES CHINA'S NEW SILK ROAD

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR, ASIA TIMES
All roads seem to lead to Rome as Italy expresses its love for China’s Belt and Road Initiative...

President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Italy for an official visit on March 22. The top theme of discussion will be the New Silk Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

A day earlier, in Brussels, the EU is to debate a common strategy related to Chinese investments in Europe.

A substantial part of the EU is already linked de facto with BRI. That includes Greece, Portugal, 11 EU nations belonging to the 16+1 group of China plus Central and Eastern Europe and, for all practical purposes, Italy.

And yet it takes an undersecretary in the Italian economic development ministry, Michele Geraci, to tell the Financial Times that a memorandum of understanding supporting BRI will be signed during Xi’s visit, for all (White House) hell to break loose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What does President Trump intend to do about this?!?

More economic Sanctions?!?

More bombings?!?

At the moment, if the meeting does go through on the 22nd, President Trump has very little ammo against either China, or Italy here, and is in no position to bargain.

Mar 12 10:25

POPULATION CONTROL IS THE NEW NAME OF THE GAME: KREMLIN VIES WITH CHINA TO SEE WHO CONTROLS THE INTERNET BETTER

SOURCE: WOLF STREET
BY FRED DUNKLEY, SAFEHAVEN.COM:
In a thinly veiled attempt to gain control of the internet, the Russian State Duma has passed two bills designed to do two things: ostensibly halt the spread of “fake news” and keep people from spreading information that “disrespects” the government. But Russians aren’t having it.
On Sunday, thousands took to the streets across the country to protest the government’s “digital sovereignty bill” that will require all Russian telecoms companies to reroute internet traffic through the state telecom regulator, Roskomnadzor. It means censorship and what protesters are now calling the rise of the “internet iron curtain”.

On March 7, the Russian State Duma—the lower house of parliament—passed the two bills, and now they go up for a second vote later this month. If passed, they will be signed into law by President Putin. In Moscow alone on Sunday, some 15,000 took to the streets, Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Intelligent people in all countries where this kind of censorship is attempted, will find a way around such strictures; I am sure that some very smart Russians, will certainly find a way to make this happen.

Mar 12 10:10

CHINA SAYS XINJIANG HAS 'BOARDING SCHOOLS', NOT 'CONCENTRATION CAMPS'

China is running boarding schools not concentration camps in the far western region of Xinjiang, its governor said on Tuesday, as the United States called conditions there “completely unacceptable”.

China is running boarding schools not concentration camps in the far western region of Xinjiang, its governor said on Tuesday, as the United States called conditions there “completely unacceptable”.

(L-R) Nayim Yasen, deputy director of the Ethnic Affairs Committee of the National PeopleÕs Congress (NPC), Shewket Imin, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang Chairman Shohrat Zakir, and Sun Jinlong, party secretary of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Production and Construction Corps, attend the meeting of Xinjiang delegation on the sidelines of the NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As horrific as these measures may seem to outsiders, I can understand that having no violent protests in two years, must seem like an answer to a dream come true, for the Chinese government.

Mar 12 08:25

Will Trump’s Hawks Dare to Risk Israel?

It was the eleventh, and perhaps the most important meeting between President Putin and PM Netanyahu on 27 February, writes the well-informed journalist, Elijah Magnier: “The Israeli visitor heard clearly from his host that Moscow has no leverage to ask Iran to leave – or, to stop the flow of weapons to Damascus … Moscow [also] informed Tel Aviv about Damascus’s determination to respond to any future bombing; and that Russia doesn’t see itself concerned [i.e. a party to such conflict] ”.

Mar 11 11:24

U.S. "Gets Its Ass Handed To It" In World War III Simulation: RAND

In simulated World War III scenarios, the U.S. continues to lose against Russia and China, two top war planners warned last week. “In our games, when we fight Russia and China, blue gets its ass handed to it" RAND analyst David Ochmanek said Thursday.

RAND's wargames show how US Armed Forces - colored blue on wargame maps - experience the most substantial losses in one scenario after another and still can't thwart Russia or China - which predictably is red - from accomplishing their objectives: annihilating Western forces.

"We lose a lot of people. We lose a lot of equipment. We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary," he warned.

In the next military conflict, which some believe may come as soon as the mid-2020s, all five battlefield domains: land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, will be heavily contested, suggesting the U.S. could have a difficult time in achieving superiority as it has in prior conflicts.

Mar 11 10:58

Japan Sets Up Crisis HQ After Incident With Chinese Ship - Reports

The Japanese government created a crisis response headquarters on Monday after a Chinese patrol ship entered Japanese territorial waters next to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, NHK broadcaster reported.

Four Chinese corvettes approached the territorial waters of Japan, while one of them crossed into the Japanese area near the disputed Senkaku Islands, according to the NHK broadcaster.

Mar 11 09:23

Brookings Says China Overstated Size Of Its Economy By 12%

Since China managed to weather the fallout from the financial crisis without registering much of a slowdown in its "official" GDP figures, playing "guess the real growth rate" has become one of the most popular parlor games among the professional economist set. Whereas the stakes are much higher for academics on the mainland (one of whom was censored and threatened by government thugs after speculating that GDP growth on the mainland might be closer to 2%), researchers at American think tanks have freely offered estimates ranging from 2% to 4% (which, admittedly, would still put China well ahead of the US).

Mar 11 08:52

Exclusive–Marco Rubio Rips Italy for ‘Desire to Curry Favor with Chinese’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is speaking out about Italy’s reported willingness to sign onto the People’s Republic of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, telling Breitbart News that reports of the Italians’ openness to joining the Communist Party of China program is “stunningly naive.”

Rubio’s comments come in the wake of reports that Italy is signing onto the Belt and Road Initiative of Chinese president Xi Jinping later this month, which would make Italy the first G-7 nation to join the program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You don't DARE do business with them! You only do business with us, with us, with US!!!!!!"

Mar 11 06:53

US-China trade plunges by 20% in the first two months of 2019

The volume of trade between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, dropped to $76.5 billion in January-February, according to data by China’s General Administration of Customs.

The figure is 20 percent lower than for the same period of last year. At the same time, the trade deficit between the countries narrowed to $42.1 billion, after reaching almost $30 billion in December alone. Statistics showed that Chinese exports to the United States decreased by 14.1 percent in the first two months of the year to $59.295 billion. The US exported just $17.18 billion worth of goods in China, down 35 percent from January and February 2018.

Mar 10 10:03

Beijing Demands Its Own Enforcement Of Any Trade Deal

Now that President Trump's insistence that he and President Xi would need to meet to finalize a sweeping US-China trade deal has been exposed as empty talk - since Beijing absolutely refuses to send Xi all the way to Florida only to risk him returning empty handed - traders are finally being forced to accept the harsh reality: That a US-China trade deal is far from assured.

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